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Port Hardy Hospital emergency department closing temporarily due to staffing shortage

The emergency department at the Port Hardy Hospital has been temporarily closed because of a staffing shortage.

The department will remain closed until 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday).

Island Health advises anyone experiencing a medical emergency to call 911 or go to Port McNeill hospital.

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“Island Health and BC Emergency Health Services have protocols in place to ensure patients are transported to the appropriate site,” the health authority said in the statement. “Island Health acknowledges this is not an ideal situation for the community and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience experienced by this temporary service reduction.”

All other inpatient services will continue to be provided at the hospital.

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